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March 25, 2019

No parking fee for vehicles carrying pilgrims to Mann Shwe Sattaw pagoda

Starting this year, vehicles carrying pilgrims to the Mann Shwe Sattaw pagoda will no longer be charged parking fees, according to the pagoda’s board of trustees. The Mann Shwe Sattaw pagoda’s board of trustees will organize the 70-day pagoda festival, starting 9 February. The festival will be organized by the main committee with the help of nine sub-committees. “Last year, pilgrims were unhappy with parking fee collectors, who were collecting money at the pagoda entrance. Therefore, we won’t invite any tender this year for both vehicle terminals. We are planning to implement a one-way traffic system to prevent traffic jams,” said Colonel Min Oo, the Magwe Region’s Government Security and Border Affairs Minister, at a media conference.
“Pilgrims are not happy with the collection of parking fees at the pagoda’s entrance and rising hotel charges. Hotel rates are rising because hotels have to pay a commission to agents for bringing guests. Therefore, we have decided to do away with agents,” said a member with the pagoda’s board of trustees. —Zayya Tu (Magway) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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